Maple Belgian Waffle Cake

Who doesn't love a good twist on classic dishes? Well, buckle up because we're taking the beloved breakfast staple, Belgian waffles, and transforming it into a scrumptious cake. Yes, you heard that right — a Maple Belgian Waffle Cake! This recipe is perfect for those special breakfasts where you want to impress your guests or even treat yourself to something decadently different. So, let's dive into this culinary adventure that blurs the lines between breakfast and dessert.

This cake combines traditional cake's soft, fluffy texture with the iconic taste and crispiness of Belgian waffles, all drizzled in luscious maple syrup. It's a treat for your taste buds and a feast for the eyes. Whether you're planning a birthday breakfast or simply craving something sweet and unique, this Maple Belgian Waffle Cake will hit all the right notes. Let's get baking!


  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 cups pure maple syrup, preferably grade B
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk (or 1 cup whole milk if preferred)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 store-bought or homemade Belgian waffles
  • 1 cup Pancake syrup, for serving
  • 1 pat of salted butter (for garnish)


  1. Preheat and Prep: Start by heating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Get your three 8-inch round cake pans ready by greasing them with butter and dusting them with flour, or simply use a flour-based baking spray.

  2. Mix Wet Ingredients: In an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the room-temperature butter and pack light brown sugar until well blended. Pour in the maple syrup and mix well. Crack in the eggs one at a time, making sure each is well incorporated before adding the next.

  3. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together your sifted flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add this to the wet mixture in your electric mixer, beating until just combined.

  4. Add Milk and Vanilla: Pour in the buttermilk and vanilla extract. Mix until everything is just smooth and combined; avoid overmixing.

  5. Assemble the Cake: Divide your batter evenly among the prepared pans. Place a Belgian waffle in the center of each pan, gently pressing it down a bit into the batter. Bake in your preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes. If the waffles start to brown too quickly, loosely cover the pans with aluminum foil.

  6. Cool and Layer: After baking, allow the cakes to cool in the pan for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. To assemble, place one cake layer on a serving plate and drizzle with 1/4 cup of pancake syrup. Add the next layer and repeat. Top with the final layer and drizzle with the remaining syrup, then place a pat of butter in the center.

  7. Serve and Enjoy: Your Maple Belgian Waffle Cake is ready to dazzle. Serve it warm for a melty, buttery delight, or let it sit to absorb all those wonderful flavors.

Wrap your cake with plastic wrap to keep it moist if you’re saving it for later. Get ready for a fusion of breakfast and dessert that’s sure to amaze and satisfy your craving for something sweet and unique. Enjoy your cake-making fun!